dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel Graphic Design Track


The track in Graphic Design focuses on design theory, process, and methods related to design practice and research. Potential areas of study include multicultural communication, visual representation of information, human interaction with designed objects, social and cultural implications of design, color systems and perception, design history, and design education. Students and faculty collaboratively develop designed objects and information resources that will enhance people’s lives.


The emphasis in Interactive Design provides students with experience in designing for the electronic environment. The program integrates theory with practice in the application of emergent and established technologies to digital design solutions. Students complete a creative thesis.

Degree options include the Master of Art (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 


Prospective Students

Minimum Admission Requirements:  Students applying to the graphic design track must have either an undergraduate or graduate degree in design or a related area (art, architecture, technical communication) or significant professional experience (3-5 years) in design (graphic, exhibition, etc).  In addition, each applicant should demonstrate the following:

  • coursework in design or art foundations (if not, take 1311, 1312)
  • computer literacy in industry standard programs (if not, take 2334, 4334)
  • either professional coursework in design (12 credits minimum) or several years of professional experience with evidence of effective design (if not, take 2345, 2351, 4354)
  • Academic and professional records of applicants will be evaluated on an individual case basis.


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